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Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday (the May 8 feeding will be Tuesday, May 7 3-3:30 PM).

Register by May 21

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Date: Friday, May 24, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

What is 5-Stand? It’s a great way to improve on your shotgun shooting skills! This combination of trap, skeet, and sporting clays affords the challenge of all three games but with less walking. Bring your friends and your favorite shotgun and experience the fun of this game. No registration required. WEATHER PERMITTING!

Date: Friday, May 24, 2019 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes are fed every other week (May 24).

Register by May 22

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Register by May 23

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

All military personnel shoot for free ALL DAY! Thank you for your service!

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Slither, hop, crawl or swim into the exciting world of Missouri’s cold-blooded critters. These unique animals play an important part in our diverse ecosystems. Join us as we learn about these amazing creatures and get an up-close look at some of them. Stick around for the scheduled Critter Feeding afterward.

Register by May 27

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 or 4.

Date: Friday, May 31, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

What is 5-Stand? It’s a great way to improve on your shotgun shooting skills! This combination of trap, skeet, and sporting clays affords the challenge of all three games but with less walking. Bring your friends and your favorite shotgun and experience the fun of this game. No registration required. WEATHER PERMITING!

Register by May 30

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Registration Required (Women 18+) This program is a safe and fun way for women to enjoy a day of shooting in a friendly, safe environment. This all-day event will cover everything from rifles and pistols to shotguns and archery. It is a great way to introduce you and others to the sport of shooting and to the different shooting disciplines offered. The one-on-one coaching offered by Lake City staff will give you the support needed to obtain the skills of a basic shooter and give you a better understanding of what the shooting sports can offer you. LUNCH WILL NOT BE PROVIDED, SO PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH/SNACKS. Refreshments will be provided.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Macro invertebrates are tiny animals lacking a backbone, but large enough to see without a microscope. Aquatic macros like crayfish, snails, worms, dragonflies and other insects can tell us a lot about the quality of our local creeks and streams. Examine and identify these fascinating mighty macros through hands on discovery.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Have you ever thought to yourself on a warm summer day, it’s so hot I just want to take a nap? Well you are not alone, some of Missouri’s wildlife do just that! Come on in and learn about estivation and the critters who use it as a survival tool.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Blinking and dancing in the evening sky, the magic and beauty of fireflies is breathtaking. Use this evening to learn more about these favorite insects, how you could register your own backyard for Firefly Watch (a fun citizen science program) and make a cool firefly craft. We will then hike into the darkening forest to watch the fireflies appear.

Register by June 1

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 10:00pm

Location: Platte Landing Park

A $20.00 REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS AND REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNLESS WE RECEIVE THE DEPOSIT WITHIN ONE WEEK OF REGISTRATION. Checks should be mailed or hand delivered to Gorman Discovery Center 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City MO 64110. Make checks payable to: Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation.
Registration required beginning April 22 (adults)
MANDATORY ORIENTATION: June 4 from 6-8 PM in Swope Park. Logistics of this float, Missouri River navigation and paddle techniques will be covered in this session.
THE FLOAT: There is magic in the night as we experience the lively lights of Kansas City twinkling with the moon and stars on the Missouri River after dark, creating a masterpiece you will not soon forget! We will depart from Platte Landing Park in Parkville and leisurely paddle to the Kaw Point Access in the Fairfax district. Shuttle service will be provided. Presented in cooperation with the Missouri Humanities Council. Registration is not complete unless we receive your $20.00 refundable deposit within one week of registration.
The deposit should be made out to the MISSOURI CONSERVATION HERITAGE FOUNDATION. Please deliver it to the Discovery Center at 4750 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110. You will receive an e-mail confirming your reservation after we receive your deposit

Register by May 24

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 8-11)

If you love to have fun outdoors and like to learn new skills, then this program is for you! Teamwork, safety and leadership skills are stressed. Join us as we learn the basics of these outdoor skills (Archery, Atlatl, Canoeing).

Registration on-line reserves your spot. A confirmation telephone call will be received after May 14th to complete your registration. If you have questions, please call the nature center at 816-228-3766.

Register by May 24

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 8-11)

If you love to have fun outdoors and like to learn new skills, then this program is for you! Teamwork, safety and leadership skills are stressed. Join us as we learn the basics of these outdoor skills (Fishing, Orienteering, Air Rifle).

Registration on-line reserves your spot. A confirmation telephone call will be received after May 14th to complete your registration. If you have questions, please call the nature center at 816-228-3766.

Register by June 4

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

There are many ways to catch a fish. Some ways just work better in certain situations. Join us to increase your success as we learn about different types of fishing rigs and tackle basics.

Register by May 24

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 8-11)
If you love to have fun outdoors and like to learn new skills, then this program is for you! Teamwork, safety and leadership skills are stressed. Join us as we learn the basics of these outdoor skills (Fishing, Orienteering, Air Rifles).
Registration on-line reserves your spot. A confirmation telephone call will be received after May 14th to complete your registration. If you have questions, please call the nature center at 816-228-3766.

Register by May 24

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 8-11)

If you love to have fun outdoors and like to learn new skills, then this program is for you! Teamwork, safety and leadership skills are stressed. Join us as we learn the basics of these outdoor skills (Archery, Atlatl, Canoeing).

Registration on-line reserves your spot. A confirmation telephone call will be received after May 14th to complete your registration. If you have questions, please call the nature center at 816-228-3766.

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